About the Company

TheraTogs: a way to send the therapist’s hands home

TheraTogs, Inc. is a privately held company devoted to excellent standards of care worldwide for the management of movement, stability, orthopedic, and developmental disorders through neuromuscular and postural training.

We design and manufacture customizable physical rehabilitation systems for both children and adults that are worn comfortably under clothing to provide ongoing therapy all day every day.

TheraTogs were developed and brought to market in September 2002 by inventor Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT, MS, a respected clinician and teacher with over 35 years experience in the field of pediatric neuromotor rehabilitation. Ms. Cusick’s motivation was simple: she wanted a way to ‘send her hands home’ with her clients, a way to support compliance and carry-over of her clinical efforts.

TheraTogs Team

Beverly Cusick, PT, MS, C/NDT, COF

President | Co-Founder

Beverly (Billi) Cusick PT, NDT, MS, COF is an internationally-known pediatric physical therapist whose specialty is the management of lower extremity deformity, particularly in children with cerebral palsy, hypotonia, orthopedic malalignments, and other CNS deficits. She is known particularly for her passion, her diligence in bringing current developments in the rehabilitation sciences, her methods for obtaining and using  precise and relevant patient observations, and for sharing informed and effective management strategies.

After five-years of R&D, her company, Progressive GaitWays, launched her invention, TheraTogs, in 2002. She and her spouse, Lee Taylor, co-founded TheraTogs, Inc. in 2006.

Ms. Cusick, received her BS in PT from Bouve College at Northeastern University (Boston) and her MS in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She remains on call as an Associate Professor for the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions – Pediatrics Program – Provo, Utah, and is NDT basic- and baby-trained.

Ms. Cusick worked for 9 years on staff at Children’s Rehabilitation Center (now the Kluge Center) in Charlottesville, VA. She then taught pediatrics-related courses for 3 years as a member of the PT Education faculty of the College of Health Related Professions at MUSC in Charleston, SC. In Charleston, she also initiated and directed PT services for the Division of Developmental Disabilities at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Since 1977 she has written or co-authored numerous publications- texts, journal articles, and chapters, and has conducted more than 400 courses, keynotes lectures, and guest presentations all over the world.

Since 1993, Billi has been consulting and practicing privately in Telluride, Colorado, where she devotes most of her professional effort to generating literature and educational materials, to teaching, and to developing therapeutic products, including new TheraTogs systems.

Lee Taylor

CEO | Co-Founder

Lee has over 30 years of business experience in executive and operations management, information design, and information development, and was a published author on Web technologies “back in the day” before the programmers and filmmakers took over. He has managed purchasing and facilities for a major global law firm; consulted with Fortune 500 clients on information development and delivery systems; managed technical writers, editors, and illustrators.

Lee has also enjoyed brief stints as a Kelly® Girl temporary, a college English instructor, and a volunteer Program Manager for the groundbreaking InfoZone community network project of the Telluride Institute – the first rural/small community Internet point-of-presence in the US.

He is a co-founder of TheraTogs, Inc. and has served as its CEO since the company’s opening. The spouse of fellow co-founder Beverly (Billi) Cusick, Lee is also a co-founder of two previous start-ups (both of which are still up and running) in the training and event management realms.

Lee also serves on the board of the University Centers of the San Miguel and on the San Miguel County Planning Commission. Lee enjoys traveling frequently in the spring and fall to watch their daughter play soccer.

Colleen Finnoff

Clinical Support Specialist

Since acquiring a BA in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology 15 years ago at the University of Colorado (Boulder), Mrs. Finnoff has not had one work day go by without using her degree!

Colleen’s early work experience included sales positions with Bionx Bioabsorbable Implants, Johnson & Johnson’s Mitek products, and Integra NeuroSciences, where she  loved being a part of surgical procedures entailing the brain.    After a brief entrepreneurial phase as the founder of a Post Rehab personal training studio – which included bringing Core Barre classes to the Boulder area – Colleen found her home with TheraTogs almost nine years ago.

Colleen started as TheraTogs’s original National Sales Manager, then helped establish the company’s Clinical Support team in 2008, where she provides technical support to clinicians using TheraTogs world-wide. She also manages the company’s Loaner Program, by which clinicians can use no-cost “loaner” systems to trial TheraTogs on specific clients.

When the outdoors calls her name, Colleen can be found enjoying activities through all four seasons, putting her anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical knowledge to work through Nordic skiing, mountain biking and road cycling, running trails, backpacking or just enjoying a colorful Colorado sunrise with a good, strong cup of joe!

Advisory Board

William (Bill) Dalke

William (Bill) Dalke joined the Advisory Board in the fall of 2009, bringing extensive experience in product development, engineering, and business development to the group. Mr. Dalke has been in the medical device industry for more than 25 years in both R&D and business roles, resulting in the commercialization of several medical products. Examples include the Angel™ and activAT™ autologous platelet concentration and thrombin systems for enhanced healing, the Revolution™ blood pump replacing heart function during cardiac surgical procedures, and the Synergy™ miniature cardiac bypass system reducing the adverse effects of cardiopulmonary bypass.

He identified and completed due diligence for both therapeutic and technology opportunities resulting in a number of licensing, distribution and supplier agreements.  Mr. Dalke also developed strategic and financial criteria for identifying, evaluating, and screening key merger and acquisition opportunities. He organized and conducted due diligence, performed analysis, and completed agreements related to merger and acquisition activities.

With a degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Dalke began his medical career as a quality engineer with Cobe Cardiovascular, now a part of the Sorin Group. He then moved into research and development where he spent years developing products for cardiac surgical procedures and leveraging existing company technologies in emerging, non-cardiac therapies. Mr. Dalke is an inventor on a number of issued and pending patents related to cardiac perfusion and oncology. Mr. Dalke has worked in the areas of research and development and business development culminating in positions as Vice President of Research and Development followed by Vice President of Business Development in the Sorin Group. Most recently he has been working on a Colorado-based oncology start-up on the development of a new treatment for ovarian and brain cancers.

Mark Lupa, PhD

Colorado Fund

Dr. Mark Lupa is currently Managing Director of High Country Venture, a venture capital firm in Boulder, Colorado, and has served as founding member of the Board of Directors of Taligen Therapeutics, Mosaic Bioscience, Oberon FMR, Sinopsys Surgical, FitBionic, and Endoshape.

Dr. Lupa holds a B.S. from Northwestern University, an M. Phil. from the University of Sussex (England) in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Lund, Sweden. He conducted neuroscience research for fifteen years at institutions worldwide, including at the University of Colorado and UCSF, before bringing together the founding team of Tabernash Brewing, a craft brewery in Colorado.

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